Josef Penninger

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Josef Penninger
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Born (1964-09-05) 5 September 1964 (age 58)[1]
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisPhenotypical and functional analysis of intrathymic nurse (TCN)-Lymphocytes (1990)
Doctoral advisorGeorg Wick[2]

Josef Penninger (born 5 September 1964) is an Austrian biomedical researcher specialising in molecular immunology. He was the scientific director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology located at the Vienna Biocenter until 2018. In February 2018, he announced his decision to leave Vienna and become the head of the Life Sciences Institute of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1][2]

The asteroid 48801 Penninger is named in his honour.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Genetiker Josef Penninger kehrt Wien den Rücken". Die Presse (in German). 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  2. ^ a b "Top-Forscher Josef Penninger verlässt Österreich". MSN (in German). 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  3. ^ "(48801) Penninger = 1997 UC1 = 1999 CT110". IAU Minor Planet Center.

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